All 165 Pink Floyd Songs Ranked, From Worst to Best – Bill Wyman

I don’t usually read these “Every X Rated” articles, but when it’s Bill Wyman writing about Pink Floyd – all of Pink Floyd’s songs – well, that’s worth a scan. And I quickly got drawn into the narrative that he weaves throughout this short-bood-length piece.

Just one example. His dislike of Roger Waters in visible from the very first entries, but this one is especially telling:

“151. ‘Pigs on the Wing, Part 2,’ Animals (1977): This is the closing track on Animals, a reprise of the first song: just 90 seconds of strummed acoustic guitar and a few short lines. More on Animals later, but I want to say this: Waters is a smart guy and I don’t want to be glib criticizing his conceptions. But I don’t understand the narrator’s voice here. He’s happy he has a place to ‘bury [his] bone,’ so he has to be a dog. Is he a dog? I didn’t get that from part one. In that one, the characters don’t care for each other, and in this case they do, which I guess is a sign of resignation as they watch the pigs fly above. What this song is really about, however, is songwriting royalties. The two little ‘Pigs on the Wing’ snippets on Animals — basically the same song with different words, 90 seconds each, nothing more than Waters playing a casual acoustic guitar and singing — are credited to Waters alone as songwriter. Accordingly, they represented two separate tracks on the album when it came to songwriting (or ‘publishing’ or ‘mechanical’ royalties) separate from the royalties the band as a whole made from the record. Waters probably took home 3 cents per album sold for each track he wrote, so he would have made a total of 6 cents per album just for these two basically identical little ditties. Now let’s look at Animals’ ‘Dogs,’ which is credited to Waters/Gilmour, and lasts for 16 minutes. That would have given Gilmour about a penny and a half per album sold. Animals sold 12 million copies worldwide, meaning Waters the songwriter might have taken away three-quarters of a million dollars just from the two little ‘Pigs on the Wing’ snippets, compared to about $90,000 for Gilmour for his work on the epic ‘Dogs.’ Drummer Nick Mason, in his highly honest, highly enjoyable autobiography, says that inequities like these contributed to the resentment the band felt toward Waters. (Waters, of course, might have argued and no doubt did that it was his songs that drove the record sales that kept the rest of the band in English manor houses.)”

And I agree with his pick for their number 1 song…

Source: All 165 Pink Floyd Songs Ranked, From Worst to Best

Careful With That Box, Pink: Massive Pink Floyd Box Set Covers the Early Years

It’s Christmas time, at least for companies planning big box sets of music. The classical labels have started releasing or announcing their sets, and it’s time for rock music to take over. There haven’t been that many big, comprehensive box sets of rock music – aside from, say, Dylan’s big Bootleg Series sets and several Grateful Dead sets – but it’s time for a change.

Pink floyd early years

Pink Floyd will be releasing a 27-disc set called The Early Years 1965-72 in November. (, Amazon UK) Covering the band’s output before Dark Side of the Moon, this set will contain a huge number of live and previously unreleased tracks, video, BBC Radio sessions, and more. Here’s the full description:

The Early Years 1965 – 1972 is a comprehensive 27-disc boxset that sees Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes 7 individual book-style volumes, featuring much previously unreleased material. The Early Years box set contains unreleased tracks, BBC Radio Sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions over an incredible 11 hours, 45 mins of audio (made up of 130+ tracks) and live and TV performance in over 14 hours of audio-visual material. The content includes over 20 unreleased songs, more than 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and over 5 hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 meticulously produced 7″ singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films and new sound mixes. Previously unreleased tracks include 1967’s Vegetable Man and In The Beechwoods, which have been mixed for the first time, specially for this release.

You can see a full track listing here.

All this comes at a price: an astounding $700, or a much cheaper £378 in the UK. And it’s not even a limited edition. I won’t be buying this set, at least not if it costs this much, even though I really like Pink Floyd, and really like their early music. (As a comparison, you can get this box set of 200 CDs of Mozart’s complete works for around £430, not much more than this Pink Floyd set.)

One tip: pre-order on Amazon UK, even if you’re in the US. The current price of £378 is well below the US price. You get the VAT back, so you’d only pay £315 plus shipping, which isn’t very expensive. You can always cancel before it ships if you change your mind. But I have a feeling that the UK price is going to rise pretty soon; at the current exchange rate, it should be around £530.